A recent Guardian Sustainable Business article gives food for thought for businesses and sustainability practitioners alike. The principal thrust of the argument is that one of the most pressing of sustainability issues, climate change, is inherently scientific, yet businesses do not sufficiently see science as a driving force behind the key strategic decisions they make. The article finished by pondering whether soon businesses will demand “more science, better predictions, and solid information that will drive innovation and lead us away from the precipice”. This seems odd as many companies really are passionate about science. There is constant news of the
Motorola’s modular smartphone concept has been a long time coming. They’re not the first company to come up with the idea but they have given it new legs. The idea is that by allowing consumers to replace malfunctioning components of their phone, rather than the whole phone itself, fewer of them end up on the rubbish tip. It reminds me of a famous moment in Only Fools and Horses. Trigger, the show’s ‘village idiot’, is a street sweeper and wins an award for saving the council money by using the same broom for twenty years. His secret? Effective broom maintenance.
Good Relations Group releases new Triple G magazine! As part of our thinking around what modern communications and advocacy requires in a high speed, high scrutiny, highly sceptical and highly connected world, we’ve created a magazine aimed at CEOs. Triple G magazine features interviews, opinion pieces and case studies for any CEO looking to build a trusted brand and understand how to meet the expectations of the ‘post credit-crunch consumer’. These Include: Why Stuart Rose, Chairman of Ocado believes we need to educate consumers rather than merely sell to them if business is to truly become a force for good
Corporate responsibility in South-East Asia is undergoing a period of dynamic evolution yet only 45% of large Singapore companies have produced a separate corporate responsibility (CR) report in the last 2 years compared with the global benchmark of 85%, according to a new report released today by global sustainability specialists Corporate Citizenship. Titled Corporate Responsibility in Singapore – The new competitive advantage, the report examines the CR goals, motivations, engagements and reporting of some of Singapore’s largest companies and sets them alongside global best practice. According to the report, ambitious Singaporean companies want to be global players, which means delivering
The twentieth century was the age of collectivism. It was the age of the State. Hitler. Lenin. Mao. The century’s theme: the collective is bigger than the individual. Individuals made sacrifices for and were sacrificed to the collective. Its hero suppressed personal expression, sacrificed for the greater good. Hard work was compulsory. The archetype is Boxer in Animal Farm. His mantras: “Napoleon is always right” and “I will work harder”. Our century is different. Renty-somethings in a Battersea wine bar are more into clicktivism. The private sector has eclipsed the State. Is anything now bigger than the individual? Has sacrifice
“Ho, Ho, Ho Chi Minh, we will fight and we will win!” they shouted in the demonstrations outside the US Embassy in Grosvenor Square. Then, having expressed their view of the Vietnam War and knocked the helmet off a policeman, they went back to the London School of Economics and continued with a sit-in. Nothing wrong with all of that. But I wonder whether they were the precursors of slacktivism. Yes, slacktivism. Since a young colleague introduced me to Netizenship, there is no stopping me. I am on a diet of a new word a day! And slacktivism is in
The tragic death of Moritz Erhardt once again made us think about the role of internships in businesses. First, an acknowledgment: not all internships are bad. A good number are properly paid and offer invaluable experience. Many lead to future jobs within the company. They can be a highly rewarding use of summer holidays. How is it that unpaid interns form an essential element of some businesses’ structures? So many businesses wouldn’t function without unpaid interns. Surely this is Corporate Responsibility 101: operate within your means, treat those working for you properly. As a (very) general trend the quality divide
Netizenship – you old fuddy-duddy. It is a new concept. I found out about it in the Jakarta Post. It said local politicians and netizens were busy commenting on an interview Harrison Ford had done. But what exactly is a netizen? Netizen is not in any dictionary yet. So Wikipedia must be our guide. Netizens it says are cybercitizens. So presumably these folk are citizens of Cyberspace Where the dictionary does help is defining citizenship. Collins’ Dictionary tells us that citizenship is: “The fact of belonging to a community because you live in it, and the duties and responsibilities that
Fonterra, the global dairy giant, has been fighting fires for the past month after it issued blanket product recalls to contain a botulism scare. Now this global scandal and the subsequent damage to New Zealand’s clean-and-green brand seems to have been all for nothing. New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries has revealed that the bacteria in Fonterra’s whey product had been misidentified. Instead of the feared Clostridium botulinum, the product contained a harmless strain of Clostridium sporogenes. Good news indeed. But Fonterra shouldn’t be in too much of a rush to pat themselves on the back for their disclosure and recalls.
Pilot program participants include Amway, Cisco, ConAgra Foods, The Coca-Cola Company, The Dow Chemical Company, FedEx, Goodrich Corporation, The Hartford, Hasbro, ING U.S., KPMG, Merck, and Pacific Gas and Electric Company Orlando, FL (August 28, 2013) – The Association of Corporate Contributions Professionals (ACCP) and Corporate Citizenship (CC) have released a summary report highlighting results of an 18-month pilot program designed to improve companies’ ability to measure the impact of corporate community investment. Through this initiative, 13 ACCP member companies learned the LBG model, a global standard in impact measurement, and its measurement tools. At the conclusion of the pilot,